Nanny Bloomberg: Feel the pain! UPDATED

Don’t get injured in New York City, because Nanny Bloomberg knows better than your doctor:
New York City to Restrict Prescription Painkillers in Public Hospitals’ Emergency Rooms

Under the new city policy, most public hospital patients will no longer be able to get more than three days’ worth of narcotic painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet. Long-acting painkillers, including OxyContin, a familiar remedy for chronic backache and arthritis, as well as Fentanyl patches and methadone, will not be dispensed at all.

How often is Oxycontin prescribed in emergency rooms anyway, and why is Bloomberg sticking his nose on this?

And lost, stolen or destroyed prescriptions will not be refilled.

After I came up with this post’s title I found out Stephen Green had it, too.

A mayor’s job is shovel the snowcatch criminals. Not this stuff.

If NYC has a problem with junkies and painkillers, I suggest they start dealing with the junkies. Instead, Bloomberg will crack down mostly on people who aren’t breaking the law, by doing what governments do best: Creating shortages of vital goods.

But fear not, the short, plump mayor knows what’s best for you.

UPDATE:
Howard Portnoy:

Michael R. Bloomberg isn’t a doctor, and he doesn’t even play one on television. But that hasn’t stopped him from practicing medicine. Last July, he ordered New York City hospitals to begin hiding baby formula so that mothers of newborns would be forced to nurse their infant children. A month earlier, he enacted a ban on soft drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces, seeming to understand that if he didn’t take action, his patients – er, subjects … er, constituents … would drink themselves to an early, sugary death.

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2 Responses to “Nanny Bloomberg: Feel the pain! UPDATED”

  1. MissJean Says:

    This over-reach on the part of Bloomberg is a result of the attitude prevalent in other areas: “Someone (usually a public employee) should DO something!” It doesn’t matter if the person is competent or not; it only matters that the responsibility is put on a figurehead.

    I’ll give you an example:

    In November there was an op-ed piece by a former Carter/Reagan administration official who helped close mental institutions; he now thinks that schoolteachers should be trained to identify mental illnesses in their pupils. All I could think was: “Trained? In a two-day conference put on by a state official who knows about mental illness but nothing about teaching?” I know enough about education to know that students (and teachers themselves) would be a lot better off if teachers could focus on their classes and not filling out detection/treatment forms (because there WILL be forms). Let the children’s families and doctors make the diagnosis.

  2. fuster Says:

    Howard’s about half an idiot and unable to argue rationally when it comes to Bloomberg or black people.

    He knows nothing about the science underlying all the things that he carries on about.

    As ignorant as he is, he still hasn’t gotten a clue that Bloomberg was against restaurants serving foods preserved with sodium and confusedly kvetched that he was trying to take away table salt.